Data compiled and sponsored by The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, National Marine Sanctuaries (Hawaiian Islands) and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Join us for the memories of a lifetime and the best Maui whale watching experience! The North Pacific humpback Whale is a baleen whale (toothless), which is an endangered and protected species.
Whale watching on Maui is as good as it gets, with the opportunity on any given trip to see numerous animals displaying a variety of interesting and memorable behaviors. Newborn calves, in addition to being adorable, are curious and often bring mom to the boat for a close encounter. As a protected animal, it is unlawful to approach these majestic animals at a distance less than 100 yards during a Maui whale watch and we adhere strictly to these regulations.
It is not uncommon for the whales to approach us as we sit idle in the water. Close encounters initiated by the whales are common on a whale watching tour on Maui.
During the Maui whale watching tour, you might see a young calf swimming beside its mother. The newborn calves are about 14 feet long. If you see them, you will have definitely experienced some of the best whale watching Maui has to offer.
They are not small, even when newborn. The mother stays with her offspring for about one year, feeding it with up to 100 gallons of milk every day. There are two maturity levels discussed by researchers: sexual and physical maturity.
Females are said to reach sexual maturity at about 5 years while the males typically reach it at about 7 years. Physical maturity is reached after 10 years according to some researchers. Lifespan has been discussed but not agreed upon by most researchers. No one knows how long humpbacks live, but bowhead whales (a cousin) have been proven to live well beyond 200 years!
To make your whale watch cruise on Maui even better, we’re going to take you on an adventure where you will enjoy snorkeling at one of Maui’s beautiful coral reefs. Whale watching and snorkeling on the same cruise is the perfect pairing of the two most popular ocean adventures on Maui.